Frenchville dominate to defeat Nerimbera by three
FOOTBALL: Frenchville dominated all aspects of the game to run out 3-nil winners against the Nerimbera Magpies on Saturday night.
The score could have been much higher if the Roos were able to capitalise on a glut of possession and a wealth of scoring opportunities.
"We made it hard work. They defended really well and made it very difficult for us to break them down,” coach Justin Kilshaw said after the match.
"There was only one team that was going to win it and that was us.
"I was pleased with the effort but the execution let us down.
"But we scored three goals, got the three points and it keeps us in the mix so we'll just march on to the next game.”
After a scoreless first half, it was Owen McIlwraith who got the reigning premiers on the board with a deft touch from a corner.
Frenchville continued to pile on the pressure and was rewarded when strike weapon Jordan Miller curled a long-range shot inside the right post to make it 2-nil.
Ten minutes later, Paul Jackson was rewarded for his hard work with the team's third goal.
Kilshaw said McIlwraith and midfielders Tim Zimitat and Harry Dean were his team's best.
Frenchville has a bye this weekend before taking on Clinton twice and Capricorn Coast in its next three fixtures, a run of games which Kilshaw said could well determine its finals prospects.
Cap Coast extended its unbeaten run to six games, inflicting the first home loss since 2012 on Gladstone side Clinton on Saturday night.
The 2-1 victory has them sitting atop the CQ Premier League ladder, with Frenchville in second, Bluebirds United in third and Clinton now in fourth.
Parkana are in fifth ahead of Southside United and the win-less Nerimbera Magpies.
Kilshaw said Frenchville was still a work in progress, given a testing run of injuries and player unavailability, but it was proving a good test for the squad.
"We're not quite the same side that we were the last three or four seasons but we're still competitive and we've got enough class there to be a threat at the end if we can bring it all together at the same time,” he said.
"Our fitness level's not where it needs to be at the moment and there's a lot of things about the way we're playing that needs to be better but we've got the quality there to shake the competition or make things very difficult for other teams.”
ROUND 11 RESULTS
Capricorn Coast d Clinton 2-1
Frenchville d Nerimbera Magpies 3-0
Bluebirds United d Parkana 3-1